Student Ambassador Program

The ACEI Student Ambassador Program enables students to pursue their innovative endeavors and develop their businesses while also equipping them with the skills and resources to be successful. These student ambassadors are a team of interdisciplinary students at UT who share a passion for entrepreneurship and serve as representatives for the Anderson Center and the Knoxville community.

If you would like to connect with an ACEI student ambassador, please email acei@utk.edu.

ACEI Spring 2024 Ambassadors

Are you a UT student with a passion for entrepreneurship?

We are now accepting rolling applications. Apply now to be one of our ACE Student Ambassadors.


Roles of an ACEI Student Ambassador

  • Represent the Anderson Center around campus and the Knoxville community in support of entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Provide tours of the Anderson Center and share stories of the student companies that have started through the Anderson Center
  • Attend Anderson Center workshops, competitions and events throughout the year
  • Spread the entrepreneurial and Volunteer spirit around campus

Benefits of being an ACEI student Ambassador

  • Knowledge of everything the Anderson Center offers and the stories of the Anderson Center
  • Access to the Anderson Center’s resources and mentors to further develop your business endeavors
  • Networking opportunities with other student ambassadors, prospective entrepreneurship students, current and potential ACEI Donors, guest speakers, etc.

Meet Our Ambassadors

Lydia Capps

Lydia Capps

Junior
Finance, Business Analytics

Passions:
Real estate, finance, private equity, travel

Alex Casey

Alex Casey

Senior
Marketing

Passion:
Golf, working out, cars

Hannah Clark

Hannah Clark

Sophomore
Supply Chain and Entrepreneurship

Passion:
Inspiring others to seek discomfort and to always be true to themself

Nick DiMeglio

Nick DiMeglio

MBA Class of 2024, Concentration in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Passions:
Football, sports business, marketing, startups

Haylee Ferguson

Haylee Ferguson

Junior
Food and Agricultural Business, Entrepreneurship, Geographic Information Science

Passions:
All things VOLs, advocating for the agriculture industry and discovering efficient new ways to feed the growing population

Josef Govednik

Josef Govednik

Junior
Computer Science

Passion:
Baseball, music, technology, and creativity

Owen Gunter

Owen Gunter

Sophomore
Accounting, Entrepreneurship

Passions:
Connecting with others and learning their story, baseball, reading, travel

Blake Hopkins

Blake Hopkins

Junior 
Supply Chain Management. Entrepreneurship

Passions:
Photography, entrepreneurship, cars, golf  

Brennan Lessard

Brennan Lessard

Junior
Management, Entrepreneurship

Passions:
Helping empower people to develop and fulfill their visions, outdoor sports, learning something new, business development

Mickey Napier

Mickey Napier

Senior
Marketing, Entrepreneurship

Passion:
Playing pickleball, videography, travel

Ian Parten

Ian Parten

Senior
Accounting

Passions:
Music, personal finance, accounting

Ryland Whitehead

Ryland Whitehead

Senior
Business Management

Passions:
Entrepreneurship, leadership, golf, college football

Zain Zitawi

Zain Zitawi

Junior
Marketing, Entrepreneurship 

Passions:
Sneakers, boxing, cars, snowboarding, basketball